Part One: Summary
Although the IPad has not been around for long, it is already changing the ways of teaching. Some schools around the country have provided each student with their own IPad. One example of this is in Williamsville where every fifth grader received an IPad for the year. The following year the six graders will also be provided IPads, and within four years the whole middle school will have them. Most schools have not been lucky enough to get IPads for their district, so when schools finally do get them, its like winning the lottery, everyone gets excited. But, they are becoming more popular and you see them more and more in schools. Students can complete their whole assignment just by using the IPad, such as creating a book. These projects are completed in partners, considering there is not enough for every student. The IPad was brought into the classroom in the 2010-11 school year to see if it increased academic performance. Times are transforming into electronics. One principal said she has her kindergarteners emailing their homework. At Roy B Kelly Elementary, kindergarteners certainly have IPads, now first, second, and third grades also have them, and forth grade is the next. In the school district in Chautauqua County every middle school child gets an IPad and every high school honor student. Now they are building the program even more so every student will have one from third grade through high school. These changes in the classroom are tremendous. They are helping kids understand the material better because they have everything they need for the lesson right there in their hand, from a dictionary to a calculator. IPads also save a lot of time. Classes no longer have to make a trip to the computer lab. More information can be covered in a day as a result. No more wasting time calling on students for answers. Now teachers use polls, and the students submit their answers through their IPads. This also allows teachers to see everyone’s answers in the class instead of only a few. IPads also save time by automatically having the homework assignments uploaded, instead of having to write them down. Students no longer have to worry about misplacing their homework or leaving it behind at school. Teachers are also finding IPads to help the special education students, because now they feel equal with the other students by voicing their opinion. The gap is now closing behind the students and they are coming together and it is all because of the IPad.
Part Two: Question and Answers
Q1: What is your opinion of the issue in the article? Agree or disagree? Why?
A1: I believe there are both positives and negatives when it comes to IPads in the classroom. I would say the positives are, there will always be technology in our children’s lives and it’s good to get them familiar with it at a young age. Also, Students always have their assignments with them, they don’t have to worry about losing them. The negatives would be, students can very easily get off topic by going on Facebook or any other website. Also, students will not get the opportunity to write with the original paper and pencil and we could see decreases in writing abilities.
Q2: How will the issue help or hinder your teaching practice? Why?
A2: I believe the IPads will help my classroom because students will feel more confident in their answers. They won’t be put on the spot of being called on in front of their peers, now all they have to do is submit the answer to a poll for the class and teacher to review.